Our first ever panel discussion took place on Tuesday 18 February 2014. “Too See or Not To See: Should aid organisations bear witness?” hosted speakers Sean Maguire (ICRC), Sandrine Tiller (MSF) and Leigh Daynes (DOTW) and the public to debate humanitarian aid organisations’ policies on whistle-blowing during operations abroad.
Joining us on the panel:
LEIGH DAYNES – Executive Director of Doctors of the World UK, part of the international Médecins du Monde network which meets the health needs of excluded people through over 300 projects and advocacy in 70 countries. Previously, Leigh has worked as head of corporate external affairs at the British Red Cross, and extensively overseas, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, and at the Red Cross’s permanent observer mission to United Nation’s headquarters in New York. He is a recent Chair of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network, and has collaborated on research to understand the public’s response to communications from aid and development organisations.
@LeighDOTW | http://
SANDRINE TILLER – Programmes Adviser, Humanitarian Issues, MSF UK. Sandrine started her career in community development with local NGOs in Venezuela, then went to Eritrea and Tanzania with UN Volunteers. She then spent 10 years with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement including 7 years with ICRC based in Jerusalem, Beirut and the HQ in Geneva. She now works in the MSF London office and is a member of the Humanitarian Advocacy and Representation Team supporting MSF’s Operations through advocacy, networking and analysis.
@sandrinetiller | www.msf.org.uk
SEAN MAGUIRE – Spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission in the United Kingdom. He is the public face of the ICRC in the UK, broadcasting regularly to explain the ICRC’s policies and operations in zones of conflict. He also builds relationships with political, military and civil society stakeholders to generate support for the ICRC’s humanitarian work in armed conflict and situations of violence. 20 years as a correspondent, bureau chief and news editor for Reuters. He specialized in covering conflict, the economic development of eastern Europe and political risk and spent much of the 1990s covering the break-up of Yugoslavia. He reported the Gulf war of 1991 and the Iraq war of 2003 from inside Iraq. In his last role at Reuters, as global editor for international affairs, he set strategy for coverage by 2000 reporters across the globe. He interviewed personalities as diverse as Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, US General David Petraeus and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. He has published essays in the London Review of Books and Political Quarterly and book chapters on the laws of war and the ethics of reporters embedding with the military. Sean joined the ICRC in 2012. He is a graduate of Oxford and Yale universities.
@sean_a_maguire | www.icrc.org/uk
See pictures from event below: